IF we truly care about the Gospel Message of what Jesus did for all men, we'll consider this verse to be verypertinent, very important: ROMANS 10:14b And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? IF at least 1.5 billion people have never heard (some would say it's closer to 3 billion, almost half the world population) and considering that a mere 0.5% of mission money goes to REACHING those dear unreached ones for Jesus then the blood Jesus shed is having NO EFFECT WHATSOEVER in a major part of our world!!! So it HAS to be asked: WHAT CAN WE DO???
First, please take your time to read ALL that's below. It's a lot to take in. Read it a bit at a time maybe. Pray and meditate on it all. People's eternal salvation depends on your response to this crucial Message.
Second, we simply MUST understand the major importance of what is called the 10/40 Window. You can see this stretches from Northern Africa right across to India and South-East Asia. The countries in this rectangle are between 10° and 40° Latitude, hence "The 10/40 Window". Amazingly, almost 2/3rds of the world's population live within this Window, but most important of all for us as Christian Believers is that it's the part of our world most UNREACHED with the message of Salvation. In fact an astonishing 97% of the world’s remaining unreached, unevangelised people-groups (races of people, language-groups) are located in the 10/40 Window!! WHY has the church allowed this to happen? - and still is doing almost nothing??
Third, the part of the world with the densest population of people who've NEVER EVER heard those amazing words "Jesus loves you" from the lips of a Christian live IN this Window - in the North of the sub-continent of India (MANY of whom are among the 300 million poverty-stricken, considered less-than-human, "Untouchable" Dalits!!) QUESTION: If YOU were in charge of where the most Missionary money should go, would you send it to where Beloved and I would? And we already do: part of our monthly gift to the LORD goes straight to Dalit Christians ("caring for the needy"), along with part to other places where the Gospel has never been taken!
Where Jesus Shed Blood Has a MAJOR Effect!!
About evangelising all of the world, John Piper said: "Send, go or disobey." He's absolutely right that if we personally FAIL to help evangelise the world we're grossly disobeying Jesus. But there's one more thing available to you and I above what Piper said!! Okay, what else is there but to either "send" or "go"? Well now I can tell you of a most wonderful third option!!! - where there's NO NEED TO DO EITHER!!!! Every cent, repeat EVERY CENT of the money we send goes to our brother and sister Dalits AND/OR to help get the Gospel to the most UNREACHED PARTS of Southern Asia - and especially India with it's 1.2 billion people (the majority enslaved by Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam! Shocking!!)
We do this without leaving home: obeying two MAJOR commands of our God: caring for those in NEED, and making DISCIPLES throughout the whole world. And NO ONE has to"GO": our Missionaries ARE ALREADY THERE!!! Before I explain, let me ask you this: which would you prefer to be involved in? - a) SENDING a missionary, ONE missionary, at an all-up cost of maybe $100,000 a year (or more - training, learning the language, plane travel, children's education, etc., etc.) or b) supporting ONE missionary at an all-up cost of $2,000 a year? That's a no-brainer! Divide 100,000 by 2,000 which is 50, which means that FOR THE SAME MONEY you have 50 missionaries to go to the UNREACHED vs. just 1 missionary!!!!
What's the catch? There isnt one!!! Just the OPPOSITE in fact!! - our 50 are not only massively cost effective, but also cannot help but do a better job!! Here's why: 1. They are 3-year fully Bible-trained men and women who come from among their own people, in India, Sri Lanka, and many other small countries round about. 2. Thus they already KNOW the language AND understand the customs (both very difficult for a Western missionary). 3. They live (unbelievably simply by our standards!) amongst and exactly the same as those they are evangelising!! -like this missionary, working full time for Jesus in the heathen village the Lord called him to!!!
All the above explains why total support for a single missionary costs less than $1,500 for a whole year!! For a missionary family up to $2,500. Type gfa.org into your browser (or click the banner below), click on "Support a Native Missionary" and choose one for the regular $30 a month that Gospel for Asia (GFA) do for their 16,500 working missionaries in South Asia. The WHOLE $30 goes to your man or lady. You'll join with 4 others (more for a family) to GIVE and to PRAY for your missionary. He will be effectively trained, ready and willing to be persecuted and even martyred for sharing about Jesus, labour 7 days a week, live simply amongst those he seeks to reach, win converts to the Lord Jesus, ultimately plant a church, disciple the converts, and with his brother and sister missionaries bring over half a million souls total into the Kingdom in one year.
They are all WONDERFULLY POSITIVE!!! This is undoubtedly THE most wonderful Christian organisation or church that I've experiened in 52 years. Commenced by native Indian Christian KP Yohannan over 26 years ago, this beautiful man is still President and leader of the 16,500 missionaries plus another 9,000 in training. The incredibly high standard of the people AND the work is almost mind-boggling. Their integrity is beyond reproach and almost legendary, e.g., how every cent given, arrives where it was given for! The breadth of their ministry, continually expanding, is staggering: things like Jesus Wells, brilliant Bridge of Hope schools for Dalit children, their massive Printing Presses for Christian literature, the Radio coverage of over 100 languages into the whole South Asia area, their work to help victims of tsunamis, floods, etc... and much more that you can read on the GFA site.
We used to sponsor a lovely missionary man for $30 a month. When GFA started in Australia we had to change and started regular giving to any one of their many areas of work. One is to the Unsupported Missionary fund, to make up for someone who's had to stop support for some reason. If you want to give to a misho (as I usually call them!) this may be a good way to start. Otherwise you may give a pair of rabbits (that breed like rabbits!) to a Christian Dalit family (our brothers and sisters) to help ease their acute poverty. You can give $1 towards an expensive and superb Jesus Well. Or $100!! Either will HELP and is VERY acceptable to God!!! You can give towards the amazing Radio broadcasts that bring in 1 million letters per year that are all personally answered, with help to the writer towards their salvation. All at: Donation - Gospel for Asia.
We LOVE giving towards a sturdy bicycle for a missionary. Works like this. In his village, a missionary walks everywhere like everyone else. This is poor, 3rd World living very, very common in India. He eventually has a church established. Give him a BIKE and he can then cycle to 1 (or maybe even 2) neighbouring villages to evangelise THEM in turn. So this inexpensive $1,500 a year missionary, with a bike for $110 JUST DOUBLED HIM to "two" missionaries. Now THAT'S GREAT HEAVENLY VALUE!! Maybe you can see how PASSIONATE we are for this amazing and quite unique work.
If you choose GFA with us, then our task to reach the world for Jesus is a simple duality. All we need to do is GIVE and PRAY. That's it!!!! They do all the rest!! (but CANNOT without our gifts and prayer!!! - that's OUR part of this special PARTNERSHIP!!) I told you it was mind-blowing, and SIMPLE, and that you didn't need to even leave home! Don't need to be educated either, or a'somebody', or have a large income. What you DO need is a HUGE and CARING HEART that God will give you if you seriously ask Him. We then need to be very SERIOUS about this, for LIVES FOR ETERNITY are at stake!!!
If we're going to TRULY Follow Jesus like we've talked about, we need to give up Worldly things and worldly living, and give the savings to evangelising the MOST UNREACHED in the world - which GFA is dedicated to doing, and IS doing! Involve yourself in ANY PART of this work and YOU CAN BE CERTAIN THAT PEOPLE WILL GET SAVED THROUGH THIS!!! Can you ever hope to bring such a wondrous certainty to where your life is now? Most Believers never win even one other person to Jesus. Here's your Godly opportunity to change that for the remainder of your life. Those you help by your new dedication will stand with you before Heaven's Throne where the King of Glory sits! Your reward will be so much the greater (look for and amazing Message about this, coming)!!
That about finishes this Series seeking to honour the Blood of Christ, in helping to allow it to WORK in the lives for others who LITERALLY otherwise could never POSSIBLY become God's sons and daughters, but would certainly die in their sins!!! YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!
- BM (with his Lady)